Monday, December 30, 2013
Somewhere in Soho
I was also feeling something cold-y or even phlu-y* taking me in its grip. And that's why I don't remember the name of this pop-up shop or even the street it's on. (It's perpendicular to Broome, parallel to Greene, closer to Houston; that much I do know).
But my foggy mindedness is trumped by that of the manager/owner who was happy to tell me the provenance of the ridiculously delightful feathered shrug stage right (or is it left? Delirious.).
This riot of orange feathers and fabric, he said, is a one-off made by a Project Runway contestant from Season 11. As I just had an article printed in which I interviewed a PR designer from this season (will blog about that later), and as I have a faculty rock band perf to get ready for this spring, I thought that the shrug might be a serendipitous find.
But as it was rather snug, I passed. When I got home, I tried to find out more about the garment. The manager had shown me a runway photo with "Merlin" printed beside the image, so I searched for Merlin, Season 11, Project Runway. What I found was that Merlin was a contestant on Season 1 of The Fashion Show, hosted by Issac Mizrahi and Kelly Rowland, and aired on Bravo. And it was not renewed after Season 2.
I remembered how the manager told me not to listen to any of the guys working in the shop because they didn't know anything about fashion. Ummm . . .
So I immediately felt better about passing on the shrug, though I can't shrug off the miserable cold-y/phlu-y feelings just yet.
*I know it may be just a wee bit phantastic, but I do like to substitute a "ph" for an "f" wherever possible. Maybe it's that Diana Vreeland documentary rubbing off on me, like her phormidable rouge.